King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – The River
One part progressive, one part jazz-rock, one part garage, one part soul and mix. Out comes King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, a very prolific Australian band (Eight LPs since 2011). Professing to be a garage band, but they are really much more than that. This band is as much like Phish as anything else. Each track on their releases sounds like a live to tape copy. In other words, as close to being like a live performance as possible.
Here on The River from the band’s May 2015 release, Quarters, on which each of the four tracks clocks in at 10 minutes and 10 seconds each, you can hear every element of the band’s eclectic style mashups. That is not the band’s latest issue (as I said, “prolific”), as they have a new release, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon (November 2015), with more traditional length tracks.
The “live to tape” recording style is both good and bad. After listening to more than three or four tracks in a row, you may find you are wishing for a nicely mastered copy, but it isn’t enough to cast dispersion on the group.
You can find more information on King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard by visiting their website or Facebook page. You can purchase the band’s music from either their website store link or from their bandcamp.com site.
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